WEEKEND MOVIES: See “The Vanishing,” skip “Escape Room” even though all the money is going to “Aquaman”

Another big weekend for Warners’ “Aquaman,” which should dominate the box office until “Glass” opens and Oscar nominations give “Mary Poppins Returns” a boost.

Box Office Mojo figures another $26 million will be added to the DC comic book hero’s bottom line.


“Aquaman” will be well over $250 by midnight Sunday, on its way to $300 million US gross.

“Vice” is hanging around the top ten, despite pushback from all the awards hounds hoping to bully “Black Panther” into the best picture conversation.

“Escape Room” is the only wide release rolling out this weekend, although a few awards contenders will add theaters. I saw “Escape Room” with a nearly sold-out audience Thursday night, and it should crack the top 6, if not the top 5. $12 million says BO Mojo. 

The movie itself? Meh. Not utterly awful, but the longer it goes on, the worse it gets.

The most interesting picture opening this weekend is in limited release. If you’ve given up on Gerard Butler ever making another interesting choice as an actor, think again. He’s terrific in support of grizzled Scots character actor Peter Mullan in “The Vanishing,” a gritty mystery set among lighthouse keepers who went missing off Scotland early in the last century.

“Rust Creek” is middling, “State Like Sleep” has nothing to recommend it, “Communion” could be an Oscar nominated doc from Poland. 


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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2 Responses to WEEKEND MOVIES: See “The Vanishing,” skip “Escape Room” even though all the money is going to “Aquaman”

  1. Keith says:

    A good Gerry Butler movie you say??? 👍

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